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Fred Van Eps

Fred Van Eps (1878–1960) taught himself five-string banjo after becoming acquainted with early brown wax cylinders by banjoist Vess L. Ossman. Van Eps recorded his own homemade cylinders for use as audition material in 1897 and secured a job recording professionally the following year. Van Eps developed into a first-rate technician, his playing always extremely clean and precise. He ultimately recorded for nearly every recording concern in existence well into the 1920s.

The following recordings featuring Fred Van Eps are available in the National Jukebox:

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  Artist Role Title Description Primary Performer(s) Date
Instrumentalist - Banjo The lobster's promenade Banjo solo, with orchestra Fred Van Eps 1911-12-19
Instrumentalist - Banjo Florida rag Instrumental trio Van Eps Trio 1912-07-26
Instrumentalist - Banjo Unknown Take Banjo solo, with piano Fred Van Eps 1912-07-26
Instrumentalist - Banjo Welcome, honey, to your old plantation home Male vocal quartet, with banjo and orchestra Peerless Quartet 1916-08-01
Instrumentalist - Banjo Ragging the scale Banjo solo, with piano and orchestra Fred Van Eps 1916-06-01
Instrumentalist - Banjo Too much ginger Instrumental trio Van Eps Trio 1914-03-19
Instrumentalist - Banjo The smiler rag medley Instrumental trio Van Eps Trio 1914-03-19
Instrumentalist - Banjo Chinese picnic Instrumental trio Van Eps Trio 1914-03-19
Instrumentalist - Banjo Notoriety rag Instrumental trio Van Eps Trio 1914-03-19
Instrumentalist - Banjo Teasing the cat Instrumental trio Van Eps Trio 1916-12-20